What is a registered design?

A registered design is a monopoly for a design (for example a tread pattern) when applied to an article (for example a tyre) and is granted under the laws of a country the registered design is filed in.  A registered design protects the way a product looks.  

The registered design allows the owner of that design to grant access to, or exclude others from, making, selling, offering for sale or hire the design protected by the registered design.  The exact monopoly the design covers is contained in the drawings in the registered design.

A registered design can last up to 15 years in New Zealand, or 10 years in Australia provided all applicable renewal fees are paid. At the end of the life of the registered design other people are free to use your design.

You can read further about registered designs here.